Friday Sep 11, 2020. 14:00
Egypt international Mohamed Elneny is too expensive for Turkish giants Besiktas according to the club manager Sergen Yalcin.
The Turkish football legend has explained how the financial situation at the club has cost them a chance to sign the defensive midfielder permanently.
Elneny spent the 2019/20 season with the Black Eagles on a season-long loan from the English Premier League giants Arsenal.
The Turkish Super Lig side had an option to sign the 28-year-old midfielder permanently having played 36 matches for the team and netted once.
“Elneny was the player we wished that he wouldn’t go, but his cost was too high,” Yalçın said on King Fut.
“He played in the starting line-up in the Arsenal vs Liverpool match. He has a high cost but is a quality football player.
“For us Besiktas, we have to adjust our budget and balance the budget given by TFF.”
Elneny started for Arsenal as they defeated Liverpool in the 2020 FA Community Shield match at the Wembley Stadium last month.
He has played 90 competitive matches and netted twice for the Gunners since he joined the club from Swiss giants Basel in 2016.